Mahmud Asrar's Red Sonja

I love Mr Asrar's take on Red in these pinups. He's given her face and skull-shape a distinctly Slavic beauty that jives well with her proto-Russian origins.


Underworld Lore | Saturday Night Specials

I'm interested in showcasing some brief anecdotes from the community concerning their experiences with what is colloquially known as the Saturday Night Special. You can leave it as a comment here or e-mail it to me: flowthrakeATgmailDOTcom

Let me know how you want your name or pseudonym to appear.

I'll throw these anecdotes into UL#4 -- I'm in the midst of layout right now.


UNDERWORLD LORE | Issue 4 Contents


I have looked into the Unlit Passage That Is Not, and I have seen the near future therein! It shall come to pass that a new issue of Underworld Lore will be posted at this very very blog when the drawing of May is very very nigh. If by some oversight I have failed to post any submitted content, please share that info in the comments section below.

In no particular order:

  • LAM article by Michael Raston with art by Darcy Perry
  • Goetian Magic article by Christian Sturke aka rorschachhamster, with diagrams by the author
  • Mezzoglunes article by Garrison James and Greg Gorgonmilk
  • "Tsojcanth and Carcosa and Sorcery" by Greg Gorgonmilk
  • "Ley Lines in Dolmenwood" by GG
  • "D12 Sources of Magical Energy" by Various Hands
  • "D30 Arcane Accommodations" by Various Hands
  • More Dungeon Slang by Various Hands
  • More Classifieds by Matthew Schmeer
  • Three Dead Gods by Gavin Norman
  • Other bits and bobs 


Kane on my mind

Back when I was initially trying to attract as much talent and cool stuff into PETTY GODS as possible, one of my objectives was to obtain permission to use some of the gods created by Karl Edward Wagner for his Kane saga. How cool would a whole section of such gods be?? I got in contact with the appropriate agent but from there on nothing but Cyclopean masonry in my way. It was not meant to be.

While I have the pair of Kane anthologies produced by Night Shade Books*, I'm such an incurable bibliophile that I need the original Warner Books paperback collections of Kane stories (1973-1978) to gloat over. It's those damned Frazetta covers! They're some of my favorite fantasy art of all time. Of the five, I have Death Angel's Shadow and Bloodstone. I'm lacking Darkness Weaves, Night Winds and Dark Crusade.

*Now going for like $70+ bucks a piece. Wooo!

PETTY GODS | Back on the Radar

Gnunnug, created by Gavin Norman and illustrated by Richard LeBlanc
I am happy to report that after months of hibernation, the PG project is showing signs of life. How did we lose the way to begin with? I will take the lion's share of blame on that -- my creative habits are mercurial, which is a major weakness for somebody responsible for such a large project. I make no bones about it.

I will say though, that we are sitting on art pieces from some of the hottest artists in the OSR as well as the likes of Erol Otus. Erol is being super-patient -- he jumped onto PG very quickly and provided me with not only a deity illustration but a fully statted description to go with it. There's a reason the man is a pro!

I also have an intro by TSR deity James Ward, who I consider one of my main inspirations on PG and as a Dungeon Master in general.

When I was initially in contact with Michael Moorcock (reality still hasn't set in on this), he was in the midst of writing a new book. He has repeatedly expressed interest in the project, so I want to check in with him again to see if he has the time for us. And no, I have no idea what sort of deity he will bring to the table. My only suggestion -- as an example of the sort of thing we might dig -- was a description of Arioch at the end of Time.

Unfortunately, Gene Wolfe will not be bringing his talents to the book. I need to check in with Charles Saunders to see if he is still interested.

Several modern RPG luminaries have submitted some of their (fantastic) ideas to PG as well. There is no dearth of material here.

I want to say thanks to a (thus far) anonymous member of the OSR for offering to take on the weighty task of laying this manual out. He convinced me to stick with the initial hardback concept -- and he's right, because when it's done it will be a thing of eldritch beauty. Thanks also to everybody who is lending a hand editing, including R. J. Thompson!

Massive apologies to people if I have been extremely late (or totally ineffectual) at responding to your e-mails. I personally have never been inundated with the amount -- the vast, vast amount -- of communication that I have received in regards to this project. Huge. And overwhelming. So please do not take my failure here as a sign of any inherent doucheyness on my part. I am a total douche frequently, but my doucheosity cannot be blamed in this instance. If you want to give me another shot, I welcome hearing from you.